Sponsorship Opportunities

You love bluegrass. You would like to see bluegrass live forever. We have a way you can do that.

You can help us make the future of bluegrass music brighter. Thanks for considering the following sponsorship opportunities!


  • $3,000-6,000: The Mini-Grant Program helps fund educational bluegrass presentations by bands at schools, K-12. (10 mini-grants @ $300) (20 mini-grants @ $300).
    You receive: Brand and name recognition on our website, at live programs, in printed materials and press releases, with an option to share your merch/ promo materials with grant-funded bands and schools
  • $3,000 – Promotional tote bags with IBMA Foundation logo on one side and your logo on the other, to be used at World of Bluegrass in Raleigh and sent to individuals who make $300+ donations.
  • $2,000 – Promotional guitar picks with IBMA Foundation logo on one side and your logo on the other, to be used at World of Bluegrass in Raleigh and sent to donors or used to promote the Foundation. 2019 SPONSOR: John Pearse Strings/Breezy Ridge Instruments
  • $2,000: Bluegrass College Info Session at IBMA’s World of Bluegrass
    Usually a dozen colleges with bluegrass degrees and ensembles will be present at the IBMA Bluegrass LIVE festival in Raleigh, NC. Each director will talk about the bluegrass program, and then the student band performs two songs. All students gather onstage for a song at the end. High school age musicians and their parents are invited to attend, along with conference attendees and the public. You receive: Logo and name recognition in print and online schedules, programs, and on the IBMA Foundation website; five minutes to address attendees at the event; on-site display area for your promotional materials; banner in room.
  • $1,000: Bluegrass College Educators’ Luncheon – 30+ college bluegrass teachers and ensemble directors meet once a year at World of Bluegrass in Raleigh to network and discuss new degree programs, curriculum, new books, and other items of academic interest.
    You receive: Logo and name recognition on website, five minutes to address the group in person, a table for promotional materials, and access to dozens of bluegrass college programs—who in turn have access to thousands of college students serious about bluegrass performance, as well as academic research projects. *For $2000, we will name the Educator’s Luncheon after your company.
  • $1,000 – $14,000: IBMA Foundation Project Grants
    The Foundation awards $1000 and $2000 grants, up to $14,000 total, to bluegrass related programs and events that involve education, artistic, literary or historical preservation. Many grants fund bluegrass academies for kids at festivals and after-school instruction.
    You receive: Name and logo recognition in publicity and on the Foundation website, and the opportunity to share merchandise or promotional materials with grant recipients.
  • $1,000 and up – IBMA Bluegrass College Scholarship
    A new IBMA Bluegrass College Scholarship will be awarded annually to a college student studying bluegrass music, funded by a scholarship endowment at The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. The first year scholarship will be in the amount of $1,000, but the amount, the number of years it can be renewed, and the number of recipients per year may increase as the endowment fund supporting the scholarship increases.
    You receive: name and logo recognition in press releases, articles and on our website. You will have the opportunity to share promotional materials or merchandise with scholarship recipients or students participating in funded programs.
  • Any Amount – Design Your Own Sponsorship – Do you have another idea to promote your business while supporting the IBMA Foundation mission to share bluegrass music with future generations? Give Administrator Nancy Cardwell a call at 615.260.4807 and let’s talk!
  • Any Amount – In addition to sponsorships, The IBMA Foundation has several programs and scholarships that would welcome your support. Contact us about The Arnold Shultz Fund (established to encourage more participation by people of color in bluegrass music), The Sally Ann Forrester College Scholarship (for female bluegrass musicians), The IBMA Bluegrass College Scholarship (for students pursuing bluegrass-related degrees or performing in bluegrass ensembles on the college level), the Rick Lang Music Songwriter Scholarship (for songwriters going to college), and the Neil Rosenberg Bluegrass Scholar Award (which recognizes bluegrass-related academic research and writing). The IBMA Foundation also has a permanent endowment at the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.


The IBMA Foundation is the philanthropic organization that supports programs and initiatives fostering the growth of bluegrass music. By connecting resources to projects that focus on bluegrass music-related arts and culture, education, literary work, and historic preservation, we help donors create a legacy to benefit future generations of musicians and fans. 

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